It is the second busiest state operated cemetery in the country and on Monday the Department of Veterans Affairs presented a $5 million to help expand the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City.
"A lot of veterans have moved to Nevada, and we are here to combine with the state to provide you with benefits you have earned," said Undersecretary Steve Muro from Veterans Affairs.
Getting the grant money was not really a surprise.
"This is the second busiest of 88 state cemeteries in the nation. Thirty thousand veterans and family members have been interned here, 1,800 in the past year," said Caleb Cage from the State Office of Veterans Services.
The grant money will allow the cemetery to provide an additional 6,000 double depth burial vaults for veterans and their spouses and an additional 4,000 columbariums for cremated ashes.
Gov. Brian Sandoval, who was on hand to accept the $5 million check, said he's pleased the grant came through.
"This is a state that appreciates and respects the veterans of the United States military and I'm very pleased so many veterans are choosing Nevada as their home," he said.
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